Family Solutions of the Low Country (FSLC) provides multi-level intervention for case management services to pregnant, postpartum women and their infants for two postpartum years in the service areas of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton and Orangeburg counties. These services include risk screenings, group education sessions, one-on-one counseling and support, and available resources within the community. FSLC continuously addresses the needs of pregnant and postpartum women, providing counseling assistance and various services designed to help the woman have a positive birth outcome and prevent pregnancies for at least two postpartum years.
A new study has found that expectant mothers who receive home visits from trained Client Navigators (CNs) and Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and Nurses have a better outcome of not delivering a low birth weight baby than other mothers in similar situations. FSLC services include monthly individual sessions on prenatal, maternal and infant care. During these visits, Clients Navigators and/or nurses discuss various topics such as second hand smoke (smoking cessation), the importance of infants and mother’s medical home, stress management, physical activity and personal well-being for the future.
Child Birth and Breastfeeding Classes
Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes are held monthly for women who are in their third trimester. Childbirth classes are tailored to the delivery and postpartum aspects of birth by a trained Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE). Breastfeeding classes provide breastfeeding education by a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Childbirth and Breastfeeding class topics include safe sleeping for infants (Back to Sleep), newborn care, car seat safety, signs and symptoms of preterm labor, postpartum check-ups, latch (nursing) positions, benefits of breastfeeding and mother/baby bonding. Contact Family Solutions of the Low Country, at 803-531-8008, for further information or to sign up for one of these classes.
Social Work Services
Social Work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and well-being of an individual, group, or community. Our Social Work Team has several years of experience providing professional and knowledgeable services to rural populations. Licensed Master Social Workers and Bachelors level social workers within our program collaborate with all entities involved with the client in order to ensure that quality services are provided.
- Risk Assessment
- Individual and/or Group Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral
- Crisis Intervention
- Follow-up Support
- Home Visiting
- Focus Groups
- Referrals to Community Resources
Reproductive Life Course Groups
Reproductive Life Course groups are facilitated group sessions provided to program and community participants and their partners held quarterly in the local community. Participants learn and receive support from one another through actively participating group discussions on various health and interconceptional care topics. Educational sessions are provided on topics such as nutrition, fetal growth and development, prenatal care, STIs, SIDS, pregnancy spacing, job training, careers, improving self-esteem, and family planning. These sessions are navigated by FSLC Client Navigators (CNs), nurses, and Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW).
Milestone Play Dates
Learning activities and milestone play dates are provided to support parent/child interaction, along with monitoring and screening for appropriate stages of development. FSLC offers a series of interactive sessions that help to enhance and develop gross-motor, fine-motor, problem-solving, personal social, and communication skills of an infant; while creating a bond between mother and baby.
FSLC “Tomorrow’s Scholars” Leadership Program assist selected program participants in making positive life changes around their health, both physically and mentally, career development, and to become ambassadors for the LCHS program. Scholar participants receive information on topics such as building positive relationships, the importance of goal setting, interviewing techniques, how to dress for success, and effective communication skills. Participants are provided the opportunity to empower herself, build her future and gain the foundation and support to return to school or college and complete their education and/or obtain employment.
Fatherhood Initiative “Opportunity Knocks” Program
FSLC “Opportunity Knocks” Fatherhood Initiative Program is designed to promote responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships in the rural area of Orangeburg and Bamberg County. Within program, male participants obtain key information and problem-solving skills to help become healthy, productive and responsible men.